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Nele Haelterman, PhD

Nele earned her PhD in developmental biology from Baylor College of Medicine. During her graduate and postgraduate training, she developed gene editing technologies for characterizing human disease genes in flies and mice. Nele loves combining science communication and advocacy. She runs a blog for early career scientists and promotes open, reproducible science. In July 2021, Nele joined The Scientist’s Creative Services Team as an assistant science editor.

Articles by Nele Haelterman, PhD
Engineered T cells attacking a cancer cell
Helping Engineered T Cells Find Their Way to Tumors
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Apr 18, 2023 | 3 min read
Susan Thomas discusses how her team engineered a microfluidic device to screen for T cells with improved homing capability to tumor cells. 
A reprogrammed astrocyte that can regenerate functional neurons.
Reprogramming Astrocytes: Unlocking DLX2’s Potential to Mend the Brain
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Jan 23, 2023 | 3 min read
Scientists discover how to convert the brain’s glial cells into multipotent neural stem cells.
jigsaw puzzle with magnifying glass over the word "metastasis" 
Breast Cancer Cells Retrain T Cells to Invade Specific Tissues
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Sep 26, 2022 | 3 min read
Scientists discover tumor-associated T cells that drive breast cancer metastasis to lymph nodes.
A Brief History of Stem Cells
Scientific Breakthroughs with Stem Cells
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Aug 26, 2022 | 1 min read
Discover the various ways scientists bolster stem cells to understand and cure disease.
Ancient Mummies’ Lousy View of the Past
Ancient Mummies’ Lousy View of the Past
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Aug 25, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers developed a method to study ancient human DNA preserved by head lice.
Uncovering Leprosy’s Genetic Recipe for Success
Uncovering Leprosy’s Genetic Recipe for Success
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Aug 17, 2022 | 3 min read
Researchers identify what makes certain people more likely to contract leprosy than others.
Motor neurons, undergoing degeneration in ALS
Mutant T Cells That Drive Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Progression May React To a Brain Antigen
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Aug 8, 2022 | 4 min read
Scientists discovered a possibly autoreactive T cell population that forecasts and supports disease progression.
 somite organoid in culture
Reconstructing How the Spine Takes its Shape
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Aug 5, 2022 | 3 min read
Marina Sanaki-Matsumiya figured out how to grow human somites in a dish through a process that mirrors the tissue’s development in the embryo.
The Scientist Speaks - Rising From the Dead: How Antibiotic Resistance Genes Travel Between Current and Past Bacteria
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Jul 25, 2022 | 1 min read
Heather Kittredge and Sarah Evans discuss the environmental conditions that facilitate natural transformation in bacteria’s native habitat.  
spatial CRISPR screen for cancer
A Brave New World for Spatial Genomics in Cancer Research
Nele Haelterman, PhD | Jun 27, 2022 | 3 min read
A new CRISPR screening technology allows scientists to recreate tumor heterogeneity in vivo and study how it affects all aspects of cancer biology.